Sci-Bono Discovery Centre Is Still A Firm Family Favourite!
The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown is one of those places that slips off our radar screen, only to return with a vengeance when we remember how much we love it! We have spent many MANY hours there over the past few years, and it never ceases to amaze us.
For those that haven’t yet discovered the wonders of this world-class centre – it is a giant “classroom” in which kids learn maths, science and technology through play and experimentation. There are over THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY exhibits (yes, 350) while also offering a variety of educational activities and events.
We first discovered the centre at a birthday party – one of the most fun parties we have been to. The party included a guided tour and explosive science show that had the kids absolutely riveted.
We then made another plan to go back and have more time playing with the various exhibits and experiments. It’s amazing to see the kids having so much fun that they don’t even realise that they are learning! And to be fair, the adults had just as much fun!
They also host Wonders Of Rock Art Exhibition each year that allows you to step back in time and explore the long-hidden Lascaux caves where, 17 000 years ago, our human ancestors painted the wild animals that roamed the plains of France. The Stone Age rock art alone is worth a visit!
The centre also offers holiday programmes, weekend activities and workshops, school tours and focus weeks. But really, we highly suggest popping in for a few hours and exploring at leisure. Once there, you can plan your return visit. Trust me, you’ll want to go back... and soon!
Address: Corner of Miriam Makeba and Helen Joseph (formerly President Street) Streets, Newtown, Johannesburg
Time To Get The Kids Back To School!
If you have no clue where to start when it comes to getting your little one ready for another year of learning, then take a look at our Back To School Guide below. We have everything you'll need from information on the best schools in the province – government and private, from preschool all the way to college – and the best stationery deals to where to find their school uniforms, lunchbox ideas and much more.
From the building blocks of preschool to the career defining tertiary institutes, Joburg has plenty of schools for you to choose from to ensure the best education possible for your kids, and even yourself. So, if you're in the process of enrolling your child into school for the first time, are looking to change your choice of school, or simply want to see how you can further your education, be sure to take a look at ourschool listings here.
Are your little ones born to be famous? Then why not get a head start on their performance skills by enrolling them into one of these top-notch drama schools in the city? You'll be able to find them at all corners of city, offering a creative extra mural activity that they'll love.
For both safety and sporting athletic reasons, taking your children for swimming lessons is highly beneficial! From baby swimming classes to training for the school swim team, take a look at this list of swimming schools throughout the city. There's a wide range of classes for you to choose from, no matter you reason for enrolling your little ones.
While you're stocking up on all of your stationery, why not grab a new other school bag essentials to add to your backpack? Here are a few suggestions of what you should have handy in your bag while you're at school, attending your varsity classes, or working from the office.
To ensure you get more bang for your buck and stick to your stationery budget, be sure not to miss out on these Back To School Deals 2021 at many of our favourite stationery shops and stockists throughout the city. From calculators and mathematics sets to colouring pencils, erasers, pens, painter, files, examination pads, books, book covers and much more, you're sure to fins everything you need right here.
There are plenty of stores for you to visit and browse through when you need to shop all things stationery! From the usual items to something personalised and even a little bit quirky, you're sure to find everything you need on your school/varsity/office list at these well-known stores. And best of all, you can also do your shopping online and have it all delivered right to your door!
Whether your kids are starting their school careers or are simply just growing out of their current uniforms too quickly, we know just the places to get your hands on all the clothing they could possibly need. From suppliers and stores to blazers, shoes, white shirts, jerseys, windbreakers and much more, you're sure to find it at one of these stores.
Does your child need a fresh haircut before they head back to school? Not to worry, there are plenty of kid-friendly salons throughout the city that'll make their haircut experience not only fun, but tear-free too. Specialising in all hair types, styles and ages, here's our list of kid-friendly salons to get your little ones tidies up and looking dapper before the term begins.
Let's face it, after the school holidays, your kids routine has gone out the window! But not to fret, getting them back into their usual routine to ensure they're bright eyed and bushy tailed for school is a lot easier than you think. We have a few tips to help you get the kids back into their daily week day regime, patience and consistency are the key! Good luck!
To balance education and entertainment, fun extra curricular activities is a must! Other than the various sports activities and drama clubs available, there are other activities you can consider if your children are looking for something unique and different. Take a look at our list of other fun and exciting extra curricular activities you and your kids can consider.
Struggling to juggle your time and resources and need some additional assistance in fetching, caring and helping your kids with their homework? If you answered yes, then why not contact one of these au pair services to find and hire the perfect fit for you and your family.
We have based this checklist on what students may need for school or varsity. Then again, there's no harm in having all of this stationery handy for the office too. You know, just in case.
A4 hardcover books
Blue ballpoint pens
Oxford mathematical set
Other than getting their school uniforms, stationery is a necessary part of your child’s education. For everything you need when it comes to stationery requirements, you can find it all from these stationery stores in the Joburg.
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The Usual Stores
CNA is one of the most popular and trusted stationery stores in the country! They offer everything from books and examinations pads, to every other basic stationery item that you can think of! Click here to find a store near you. You can also shop online at www.cna.co.za.
From stationery, arts and crafts supplies and equipment to office items, educational goodies and plenty of inspiration, PNA has a vast selection of stationery to choose from. Click here to find a store near you. You can also shop online at www.pna.co.za.
To add something trendy, funky, fun or quirky to your or your kid's back-to-school gear, be sure to pay a visit to Typo and check out what's on their shelves! They have a creative selection of notebooks, diaries, pens and pencil cases, and other accessories! You can visit one of their stores or you can shop online and have all of your goodies delivered right to your door.
Not only does Woolies offer great lunchbox ideas and snacks to keep yourself and your kids fed and fuelled for a day filled with classes and meetings, it also offers stationery essentials to get your kids (and even yourself) ready to get back to school (or work, in your case). You can also shop online at www.woolworths.co.za.
Forgot a few stationery essentials or looking to save some money on your stationery shopping? Well, look no further, as Checkers has some awesome deals and offers great back-to-school savings! Visit your nearest branch and pick up a few things while doing your weekly groceries.
Pick ‘n Pay
Get back into the swing of things with Pick ‘n Pay and their Back-To-School goodies, offering all the stationery essentials you need, as well as lunchbox ideas and treats! You can also shop for your stationery stock online and have it delivered to your desired address.
Need to buy stationery in bulk without busting your budget? then be sure to visit Makro and take a look at their wide range of stationery items ranging from stamps and ink pads, rulers and geometry sets, punches and staplers to markers, pens and pencils, board dusters, school bags and much more. You can visit one of the stores throughout the city or shop for all of your needs online.
For a wide range of stationery at amazing prices that won't cost you a fortune, Game will have everything you need school stationery wise, as well as a much of other useful items such as school bags, lunchboxes, funky accessories and even lots of Back To School snacks! You can either shop in store or online!
Looking for school stationery and accessories that's uniquely designed, colourful, playful and engaging? Then be sure to visit Yokico and take a look at all the delightful items that they have in store! Their products will most certainly delight and inspire children of all ages to put their tech gadgets down and draw, create, play and write for a change. Click here to take a look at their vibrant range of back to school goodies.
BLOTTis a stationery and novelty gift store that offers a wide selection of quirky and trendy items that's sure to put a smile across anyone's face. Pay them a visit and take a look at their selection of interesting yet fun erasers, funky pens, vibrant notebooks and stickers, cool school bags, as well as unique lunch tins and water bottles. Click here to see what's on their Back To School Cool List for 2021.
Other than hunting and getting your hands on all the stationery you could possibly ever need, you'll also have to label them with your kid's name. And if you're looking for unique name labels to stick or iron onto all your child's school clothing, books and pencils, then be sure to take a look at Labels4School. They have plenty of cool label designs that come in packs in various sizes, including the starter pack, super pack and budget pack if you're not looking to overspend during your stationery run! You can expect a wide selection of labels, including iron-on labels and special wrap around labels perfect for pens and pencils.
Back To School deals valid from: 01 December 2020 – 07 February 2021.
Whether you're heading back to the office or need to get your kids ready and prepared for another year of fun and learning, PNA has you covered with 2021 Back To School deals that you certainly don't want to miss! Click here to check out their catalogue, which is jam-packed with a kaleidoscope of stationery goodies. And that's not all, you could also stand the chance to WIN R50 000 for your school when you download the full PNA Back to School catalogue! Click here for more information about the competition. For more information about their Back To School deals, visit www.pna.co.za.
Back To School deals valid from: December 2020 – February 2021
CNA has always been one of the top Back To School spots to get you and your loved ones stationery ready for school, work and varsity. You can get your hands on everything from art supplies, exercise books and colourful paper, to flip files, highlighters, pens of all sorts, crayons and pencils, backpacks, pencil cases, puzzles, dictionaries and so much more. Click here to check out what they have to offer with their Early Bird Back To School deals.
For a stationery solution that covers all bases, be sure to check out Bidvest Waltons during the stationery shopping season. They make Back To School stationery stock-ups super easy and convenient with various purchase options to choose from. Schools can get stationery bulk orders for all their supplies, parents and students can make catalogue orders allowing them to get exactly what the school has requested on the stationery list, pre-pack orders are also available for young children entering the school system and last but certainly not least, online orders for those who prefer the convenience of shopping without leaving the comfort of your home. Getting ready for school has never been this easy.
Back To School deals valid for: A limited time only and while stocks last.
Skip the queues and the Back To School rush by doing all of your shopping atTakealot.com! What we love about stocking up on school essentials here is the fact that they have everything you need, all on one site. They have recommended stationery packs for various age groups (for Grade R - Grade 3 and Grade 4 - Grade 7), a school wear range where you can get their uniforms sorted, sports and tech gear, all the stationery you could ever imagine, backpacks and cases, cool lunchboxes and there's even something for the teachers! Click here to check out the catalogue.
Another thing we mustn't forget when it comes to going back to school is sorting out those uniforms! Be sure to head to Ackermans to stock up on new school wear, because you know how kids are - they grow up far too quickly and seem to get those white shirts and socks absolutely filthy. Also, don't forget to get them a brand-new pair of Toughees school shoes! Click here to see what they have in store.
Back To School deals valid from: December 2020 – January 2021
You can get stocked up on all your stationery essentials at Makro! They have awesome Back To School deals that won't bust the bank. They have everything to start off the new year on the right foot. You can get everything from pre-cut book covers and stationery, maths sets, backpacks and pencil bags, and so much more. Click here to see their catalogue.
The Crazy Store
Back To School deals valid: from 26 December 2020 – 31 January 2021, while stocks lasts.
Just in time for the Back To School frenzy, the Crazy Store has gone crazy withamazing deals you don't want to miss! There's something to get kids of all ages creative from the arts and crafts goodies. Then there's the filing and storage options to make sure you keep everything organised and in order. Preparing to go back to school is not complete without the annual stationery shopping spree. And don't forget about lunchboxes and water bottles.
Back To School deals valid from: 15 December 2020 – 28 Febuary 2021
You can find all the Back To School basics at Game! They have awide range of stationery products at amazing prices that won't leave your wallet feeling extra strained this January. To get the best stationery and Back To School deals, click here to take a look at their catalogue for 2021. It's a long way until pay day, so make sure you take advantage of this deal and save a few bucks before it's too late!
Pick 'n Pay
Back To School deals valid for: A limited time only and while stocks last.
For all your back to school needs, Pick 'n Pay has you covered! There's stationery everywhere at great prices, they also have you sorted with lunchbox ideas for the kids online, and let's not forget that you can do all your shopping online, in your slippers, curled up on the couch, Back To School rush averted!
BebedeParis South Africa Offers An Exciting Product Called Baby Friendly Companies
About Baby Friendly Companies
The goal of Baby Friendly Companies are to provide peace of mind to employees at work when they have babies. Companies that use this program make their workers feel more comfortable and secure when they want to start a family.
Typical values a Baby Friendly Company has in their organisation is mainly to offer their employees reasonable work hours that allow them to balance their personal and professional life.
Not to discriminate against employees that want to start a family and the company supports their employees when they announce that they are expecting a baby.
BebedeParis has developed programs to assist companies by providing them with personal, exclusive and useful gifts and gift hampers when the pregnancy is announced, as well as at the time a new member of the family is born and even a welcome back gift when the parent returns back from maternity leave. These programs save the HR department time and money by taking the task of baby gifting of their hands and ensures that company gifting stays within budget.
Javier Ros, HR vice president of SEAT and long-time customer of BebedeParis says the following:
At SEAT, we take care of employees when they have a child. Among other things, we send them a personalised baby hamper to celebrate the birth of their child. We have conducted a survey to measure the impact it has had. Some of the results are as follows:
Commitment: 100% of employees feel more committed to their work, since they believe that the company takes care of them and their families at such important moments as the birth of a baby.
Satisfaction: 97% of respondents are satisfied with the gift and see it as useful.
Employer branding: 78% of employees became brand ambassadors for the company since they have commented on the special treatment by the company at such a special moment in their lives.
BebedeParis is the leading provider of baby gifts in South Africa and is trusted by companies such as BBD Software, Netstar, Ooba, Gulfstream, Blue Label, Consulta and many more. They also have an online shop for family and friends of new parents to choose a special gift to congratulate new parents on the arrival of a new member to the family.
Johannesburg is home to over 260 schools, catering to children as young as a few months old to adults looking to upskill and further their careers with relevant qualifications or certifications. Here, you'll find every sort of education institute imaginable, from private and public/government schools options to tertiary institutes, specialised courses and more. Explore and enroll now.
Bedfordivew Pre-Primary Schoolis an independent pre-school and pre-primary centre. The school provides a warm, safe, caring and informal environment for your little ones. Encouraging a gradual adjustment from the home to school, the school understands that every child learns and grows at their own pace. Independent learning and confidence skills are therefore fostered at BPPS, helping prepare Grade R learners for the leap into ‘big school’.
Located in the secure Kyalami Estates, KEPP is a pre-primary school in Midrand for children aged from 3 months to 5 years old. KEPP follows a step-by-step, milestone-based curriculum that focuses on developmental stimulation and nurturing activities. All spaces are colour-coded and scaled for child-friendliness, and school is also open during the holidays if you ever need some school holiday entertainment for the kids!
Little Ashford Pre-School Rosebank offers children a positive educational environment, which focuses on nurturing various essential skills through different activities, including literacy and mathematics. They cater for children from 3 months to Grade 00 and R.
Little Royal Academy is an independent pre-primary school in Douglasdale. They have developed a proud tradition of education and excellence among their students. They cater for children aged from 3 months to 6 years old and will assist anywhere possible to get your child to progress by leaps and bounds in a warm, nurturing environment.
Edenvale Private Nursery Schoolhas been providing top quality pre-primary education for over 20 years. Their highly qualified teachers and assistants are passionate about early childhood development. This small, private school offers hands-on teaching, allowing your child to thrive academically and in their personal development.
The destinations named here are just a few of the amazing options the city has to offer! Click here to view more within Joburg’s various suburbs in the East, West, South, North and Central.
Bryandale Primary School
The public school of Bryandale Primary strive to develop each pupil to their full potential in an environment that is caring, stimulating and dynamic. Pupils are exposed to the latest in educational technology and varied teaching methods. Underlying all their teaching and mentoring are their core values represented in each grade.
Reddford House Blue Hills is a Junior and Senior Preparatory School in Midrand catering to learners ranging from Grade 1 to 7. The primary aim at Reddford House is to equip their students with the tools to be confident, independent and responsible individuals. They believe the development of a positive work ethic and attitude towards study is key.
Melpark Primary is a government school located in Melville, catering for learners from Grades R to 7. The primary language of instruction at Melpark Primary is English, with Afrikaans as first additional language, and Zulu as an Incremental Indigenous Language for Grade 1 and 2. Melpark provides a calm, nurturing and supportive environment for the roughly 700 learners enrolled at the school.
Norkem Park Primary School is the premier English medium primary school in Kempton Park. Their discipline system is strictly centred around good moral values and an ethos of self-discipline, acceptance and diligence. The school provides opportunities for students to hone their talents, including a variety of sporting and cultural extra murals.
The National of the Artsis the recognised and preferred leading school for the Arts. The school specialises in fine art, dance, music (classical and contemporary), and drama. The school also maintains a high academic standard, with an average 99.7% matric pass rate. Many of the students here go on to carve out successful careers in the arts.
Known for producing some of the country’s top athletes, St Stithians College is a Methodist Parochial school situated right on the border of Randburg and Sandton. They're also the host of the annual Saints Sports Festival which is the largest and longest continuous school sports festival in the world. The school is also a member of Round Square, an association of global independent schools known for their academics, culture, selectivity and innovation.
SAHETI School is an English-medium, co-educational independent school dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, whilst promoting the ethos and values of Hellenism. The school’s motto – Know Thyself – echoes in all its students' academic and sporting pursuits. By fostering self awareness, the school aims to raise unique and innovative citizens. SAHETI School offers classes from pre-primary age to matric.
Although not quite in Rosebank, but quite nearby, is the boys school of St John’s College. Situated in Houghton, this world-class Christian African school accepts boys from Grade 0 to Grade 12. This education facility has a well-known reputation for excellence, focusing on strong commitment to academia, a diverse and rich extra-curricular cultural and sporting programme.
St Teresa’s School is an all-girls school in Rosebank and has become a much-respected private education institute. They pride themselves on their unique traditions and successes measured by the outstanding students. The school teaches Grade 00 to Grade 12. You can find the Junior Primary in Craighall Park, while the Senior Primary and the High School share the lovely grounds in Keyes Avenue.
The University of the Witwatersrandhas become one of the country’s top universities, at the forefront of groundbreaking research across a number of disciplines. WITS has five faculties encompassing the Sciences, Commerce, Law, Management, Engineering, Health Sciences and Humanities, with 33 schools offering over 3000 courses. The university is divided into three campuses: Main campus; WITS School of Education campus; and WITS Health Sciences campus.
The University of Johannesburg, or UJ as most call it, is a vibrant, multicultural and dynamic tertiary educational institute. Recognised as South Africa's second strongest brand, this University offers world-class, internationally recognised academic programmes designed to prepare their students for the world of work. This institution has four campuses throughout the city, namely the Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus; the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus; the Doornfontein Campus; and the Soweto Campus.
Ekhuruleni West College is a vocational, TVET training college situated in Kempton Park. The college offers students the opportunity to complete their high school certificates, and also specialises in trade subjects, as well as certificates in engineering and business studies. The college also offers a range of occupational subjects, including beauty therapy, hairdressing and hospitality.
Have a keen interest in photography as a career? The College of Digital Photography (CODP) provides high-quality part-time virtual photography, videography and editing courses, where you can discover and refine your skills. CODP has three campuses throughout Gauteng – Saxonwold, Fourways and Pretoria – and offers a variety of online virtual courses and workshops.
Boston City Campus is the leading private institute of higher education for degrees, diplomas and certificates in media-related subjects, law and accounting. The Braamfontein campus is situated nearby many of the area’s best student bars, restaurants and art galleries. Students can choose to study at work, home or at any one of Boston’s 45 support centres nationwide.